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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

8

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Introduces Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Students are exposed to a critical exploration and practical application of the core concepts of ASD.

Unit content

  1. What is ASD?
  2. Diagnosis of ASD and associated behavioural impairments
  3. Information processing impairments in ASD and difference to neurotypical thinking
  4. Trajectory of development in ASD across the lifespan
  5. Physical well-being of people with ASD
  6. Mental health for people with ASD

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 synthesise current understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
2 identify behavioural impairments in ASD and their relationship to diagnosis Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
3 compare and contract associated information processing impairments and neurotypical thinking Creativity
4 review literature regarding physical health of young people and adults with ASD Intellectual rigour Creativity Knowledge of a discipline
5 critically evaluate the relationship between ASD and conditions of mental ill health Intellectual rigour Creativity

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. synthesise current understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. identify behavioural impairments in ASD and their relationship to diagnosis
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. compare and contract associated information processing impairments and neurotypical thinking
    • GA2: Creativity
  4. review literature regarding physical health of young people and adults with ASD
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. critically evaluate the relationship between ASD and conditions of mental ill health
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.